Made possible by Nu Sigma Nu donation

University Communications

Anschutz Health and Wellness Center

AURORA, Colo. – The University of Colorado Denver today announced that the new Anschutz Health and Wellness Center at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus will incorporate healthy living into the facility’s very design by constructing an innovative “Green Roof.” The Green Roof will allow the Center to grow its own fresh, healthy produce onsite, and is possible thanks to a generous donation of $650,000 from a fund established by the historic Nu Sigma Nu medical fraternity. The Green Roof will top the new state-of-the-art health and wellness facility, a Gold LEED® Certified Building that will open to the public during the spring of 2012.

The Nu Sigma Nu medical fraternity was founded in 1881 at the University of Michigan. James J. Waring, M.D., the first full-time Professor of Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine, and later Chairman of the Department of Medicine, as well as founder of the Webb-Waring Lung Institute, established a Nu Sigma Nu chapter in Denver, in 1923, during his residency.

The “Nu Sigma Nu Green Roof” will be the focal point of the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center’s larger Green Roof Events Center, which will provide a place for students, faculty and staff to congregate, relax, hold special events and form social connections across classes and disciplines.

The Anschutz Health and Wellness Center, part of the University of Colorado School of Medicine, is set to become a beacon for health promotion and disease prevention throughout Colorado, the nation and the world by taking a research-based, multidisciplinary approach to stop the growing girth of the nation. Its Green Roof will be among an array of cutting-edge facilities, services and programs at the new Center, including:

  • Research labs and equipment for scientific studies on nutrition and wellness;

  • A state-of-the-art fitness facility, including classes, running track, aquatics and degreed fitness professionals;

  • Classes and lessons on healthy living, including healthy cooking and nutrition workshops;

  • Weight management and nutrition services, disease prevention programs and wellness education;

  • Integrative medicine (such as massage therapy, acupuncture and more);

  • A bistro that will serve healthy food, available for eat-in, take-out or delivery; and

  • A staff of some of the world’s leading experts that span health and wellness fields.

“We are very grateful to the Nu Sigma Nu fraternity for their generous donation to the Anschutz Health and Wellness Center,” said James O. Hill, Ph.D., the Center’s executive director and professor at the CU School of Medicine. “The Green Roof will enhance the facility by creating a beautiful, innovative space where members of the campus and local communities may come together and enjoy healthy living.”

The Nu Sigma Nu donation was awarded from the fraternity’s donor-advised fund at Community First Foundation, and was facilitated by the University of Colorado Foundation. It will provide a number of benefits for medical students and Nu Sigma Nu alumni: